Superyacht of the Week: The 47 metre Loretta Anne
By Jochem Kaan
There is something special about Loretta Anne from the first moment one lays eyes on her. Launched in March of 2012, this elegant 47 metre Alloy Yachts vessel was designed by UK-based yacht designers and naval architects Dubois. Impressively, she is the 22nd Alloy-built Dubois design, both proving a highly successful partnership and setting expectations high for this brand new superyacht. Loretta Anne is built for an experienced owner, who previously owned a slightly smaller yacht, designed and built by the same team of professionals.
Loretta Anne has a pleasing exterior look, similar in style to the owner's previous 40 metre yacht, uniting two seemingly opposite concepts into one delightful blend. Her lines, with a silhouette that is indisputably fresh and modern, result in a contemporary sportiveness flowing from her every feature. The designers at Dubois successfully aimed for a timeless design, combining excellent seakeeping with top efficiency. And in what might seem like a sharp contrast to those modern, gentle curves (note the vertical bridge screen, perfectly combining form and function in a contemporary way), her hull has a palette of colours which feels remarkably classic, with main ingredients consisting of rich golden and deep navy blue tones. There is a warm and inviting friendliness to her, an elegant confidence which exudes hospitality and class.
Elaborating on this refreshing exterior character, Loretta Anne's interior designs have a similarly distinct “contemporary classic” feel, designed by Donald Starkey. These designs are fairly lighter and slightly more informal than her exterior looks, yet both exteriors and interiors delicately compliment each other. The latter is obviously aimed at stylish guest comfort, making efficient use of space and supplying guests with the best possible experience, while the former effortlessly transcends being “just” an elegant package, but rather forming an elegantly executed encapsulation of all onboard luxury. Loretta Anne's exteriors and interiors are successful both as individual concepts and in symbiosis with each other, forming as a solid whole.
Despite her timeless personality, there are a few particularly modern features in her layouts that are both unusual and interesting. For instance, Loretta Anne is a two and a half deck yacht, proving that a pleasantly streamlined exterior look was preferred over a full three-deck design. This is aptly compensated by the efficient use of space, with a number of areas onboard having multiple functions and therefore offering the full scope of service one might expect from a superyacht of this size. Guest cabins are configured into three VIP's and one twin cabin, plus the full beam master suite. One of the VIP cabins can be easily transformed into a fully equipped gym. Loretta Anne comfortably accommodates a company of up to eight guests, plus the owner. Additionally, three pullmans are available for some extra guest accommodation, whenever necessary.
Upon boarding, the main aft deck gives an adequate impression of Loretta Anne's sense of style, with a spacious al fresco dining table and fixed aft lounging sofa. Complimented by lush panoramic views, the design features elegantly curved furnishing, with upholstery, cushions and details all set in a fresh, toned down palette off light brown, grey and white tints. The overall atmosphere has a subtle hint of classic retro, with the curves and shapes of dining chairs and table reminiscent of that distinguished sense of Danish design.
This design scheme is continued inside, with the main saloon based on modern curves, light colours and a sense of timeless hospitality. The feel is a relaxing combination of retro chic and fresh, contemporary class, hinting at a minimal approach but with ample textures and details to form a warm and light ambiance with plenty to see and enjoy. The aft portion of the main saloon has been reserved for an elegant bar setting, forming a natural flow from the main seating area, through the bar towards the al fresco dining area while preserving privacy. A large L-shaped sofa is a centerpiece of the main saloon, opposite a starboard seating arrangement which turns the central area into one large, relaxing lounging area.
A formal dining table, with a wood-inlaid, high gloss table top and classically curvy dining chairs, form an elegant completion in the triptych of main saloon functionalities. From here, a starboard corridor along the port side galley gives access to the main staircase, leading fore towards the spacious owner's suite.
The master stateroom has a soothing atmosphere, with a warm palette of colours and materials forming the main ingredients of this luxurious, full beam accommodation. Softness in curves, tints and materials results in an inviting cabin, with large windows assuring ample of natural light while obviously maintaining the necessary level of privacy. With his and hers bathrooms, separated by a large central shower area, a spacious walk in wardrobe, private office and ample amounts of space, storage facilities and light, these quarters are the stylish and comfortable accommodation one might expect from a vessel of Loretta Anne's standards.
Belowdecks, the remaining guest cabins can be found. All situated around a classy central lobby, each stateroom is styled in the vessel's overall theme, based upon a soothing atmosphere, luxurious materials and a timeless design. The large en suite bathrooms, all with spacious shower areas, and large wardrobes form perfect guest accommodation with comfort in style. Here, a fully equipped gym can be found which can be transformed into an extra guest cabin, depending upon guest requirements.
The upper deck is yet another one of Loretta Anne's special features, being essentially a large flybridge area which easily transformed into a weatherproof indoor deck, by either lifting or lowering the all around windows. This adds to the flexible functionality of this deck, turning from either an indoor or al fresco dining area to an extended sun/lounge deck with ample privacy and stunning views. With large lounging sofas, a Jacuzzi conveniently hidden under large sunpads and stunning vista views, guests are supplied with ample amenities and comfort.
Although the intention is for her to remain a private yacht, she has been built in compliance to LY2, and is Lloyd’s classed. Powered by Caterpillar engines, she cruises at 14 knots, with a maximum speed of 17 knots and a range of 3,500 nm at cruising speed.
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